June 9, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons (19) runs back to the dugout after the third inning of the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
The Braves have not set an exact return date for Andrelton Simmons, but if the slick-fielding shortstop progresses through his Minor League rehab games without any problems, he could be in the lineup for one of the first two games of this weekend's series against the Mets.
Barring a setback, Simmons will join the Braves in New York by Saturday.
Simmons, who began his rehab assignment Monday, was scheduled to play rehab games last night and today with minor league squads in three-game playoff series. If the series goes to a third game, Simmons may get another rehab appearance Friday evening.
Simmons, 22, has been on the DL since July 8 after breaking his right pinky finger sliding into second base in Philadelphia. The rookie shortstop played very well in his first month with the club, hitting .296/.333/.452 with three home runs while making highlight reel plays up the middle.